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Date published: 5/15/2014

Juanita Mott

Juanita Lee Mott, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at her home in Fredericksburg.

"Nita," as many close friends and family called her, was a native of Williamsburg and a daughter of the late Josephine Lee Thomas and John H. Lee Sr. She was-baptized at St. John Baptist Church and was a graduate of Bruton Heights High School in Williamsburg. After graduation, pursuing her desire to care for people, she attended Norfolk State University and studied nursing for a year.

Juanita moved to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in 1961, where she worked at the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Science and Technology. While there, she met her beloved husband, Goode Vernon Mott, and on Oct. 26, 1963, they were united in holy matrimony. From this union, she had four loving children, whom she adored.

In 1973, the family moved from Washington, D.C., to Gary, Ind., where her children's education was a top priority. Juanita was very active in her community and the school system, from Parent Teacher Student Association meetings to assisting with organizing Fun Fairs, book drives, fashion shows and plays. She was active with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and was an assistant coach to the Glen Park Pop Warner Cheerleaders, a football mom and a supporter to her husband. She was a very active member of Van Buren Baptist Church in Gary, Ind.

She worked at the Gary city courts until relocating to Alexandria in 1988 to be closer to her family. She was employed at the U.S. Marshals Service in Arlington. Juanita and her husband moved to the Fredericksburg area in 1994. She joined and became an active member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Juanita was a Mother of the Church and a member of the Prayer Warriors, Women's Fellowship and the Seniors Ministry.

Juanita retired from the U.S. Marshals Service to take care of her husband, who passed away Sept. 24, 2012.

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